Program Chair

Richard Walz
Richard Walz

Associate Professor and Program Chair
Climate Change and Global Sustainability

Degrees

PhD, University of Florida
MA, University of Florida
BA, University of North Carolina

Jonathan Richard Walz completed his PhD at the University of Florida as a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow at the Center for African Studies. Funded by Fulbright-Hays, his doctoral research produced a history of human settlement and environmental change for the region between the Swahili Coast and the Eastern Arc Mountains of northeast Tanzania.

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Faculty

Javier Fochesatto
Javier Fochesatto

Professor and Department Chair
Climate Change and Global Sustainability

PhD, Université Paris VI, France

Dr. Fochesatto is associate professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and an expert in the physics of the atmospheric boundary layer (ABL). His research focuses on the ABL related to meteorology and various processes.

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Nicolas Stahelin
Nicolas Stahelin

Assistant Professor
Climate Change and Global Sustainability

EdD, Columbia University
MA, Columbia University
BA, Oberlin College

Nicolas Stahelin is an educator and political ecologist who has worked in the field of experiential learning, international and cross-cultural exchange, school-community partnerships, and higher education for nearly 15 years.

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Affiliated Faculty

Wil Burns
Wil Burns

Climate Change and Global Sustainability

Degrees

PhD, University of Wales-Cardiff School of Law
BS, Bradley University

Wil Burns is the co-director of the Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy at American University’s School of International Service and senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

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Narriman Jiddawi
Narriman Jiddawi

Climate Change and Global Sustainability

Dr. Narriman Jiddawi holds a PhD in marine sciences and teaches at the Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS) in Zanzibar. She served as a Pew fellow in marine conservation and has extensive experience conducting interdisciplinary projects that wed natural and social sciences in coastal East Africa.

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Razack Lokina

Climate Change and Global Sustainability

Dr. Razack Lokina is an associate professor of environmental and resource economics at the University of Dar es Salaam. He is acting head of the Department of Economics and lectures on environmental and natural resource economics, econometrics, and quantitative methods.

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Maria Maack
Maria Maack

Climate Change and Global Sustainability

Degrees

MS, International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics
BEd, University of Iceland
BS, University of Iceland

Maria Maack lives in Reykholar/Westfjords, Iceland. She is engaged in research and the implementation of renewable energy solutions and natural resource management as a professional since 1992. She holds a BS in biology and geology, an MS in environmental management and policy and is pursuing PhD studies in ecological economics on the topic of shifting from using oil fuel to renewable electricity and hydrogen for land transport in Iceland.

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Peter Weiss
Peter Weiss

Climate Change and Global Sustainability

PhD, University of Greifswald
MA, University of Kiel
BA, University of Iceland

Since its founding in 2005, Dr. Peter Weiss has been director of the University Centre of the Westfjords and its graduate and other programs. Previously, he taught linguistics and literature at the University of Iceland’s Department of Nordic Languages and German.

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Jill Welter
Jill Welter

Climate Change and Global Sustainability

Degrees

PhD, Arizona State University
BS, University of Oregon

Dr. Jill Welter received her PhD in aquatic ecology and biogeochemistry from Arizona State University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, and is currently a faculty member at St. Catherine University.

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Pius Yanda
Pius Yanda

Climate Change and Global Sustainability

Degrees

PhD, University of Dar es Salaam
MS, University of Dar es Salaam

Dr. Pius Yanda is a professor at the Institute of Resource Assessment in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He led the process to establish the Climate Change Centre and PhD and MS degrees on climate change at the University of Dar es Salaam.

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